January 16th, 2010
03:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Ex-Red Sox star slams Democrat for Yankees quip

Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling blasted Martha Coakley Saturday after the Democrat told a Boston radio talk show host that Schilling, a Republican, is a Yankees fan.
Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling blasted Martha Coakley Saturday after the Democrat told a Boston radio talk show host that Schilling, a Republican, is a Yankees fan.

Washington (CNN) - Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling blasted Martha Coakley Saturday after the Massachusetts Democratic Senate hopeful told a Boston radio talk show host that Schilling, a Republican, is a Yankees fan.

This is a serious charge in "Red Sox Nation": Schilling is a part of baseball lore as the pitcher who battled through pain with a bloody ankle in 2004 to defeat the Yankees in Game Six of the American League Championship Series.

"I've been called a LOT of things," Schilling wrote on his blog at 1:06 a.m. ET. "But never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that, if you didn't know what the hell is going on in your own state maybe you could…."

Schilling, who considered running for the Senate seat, is backing GOP nominee Scott Brown in Tuesday's special election to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Coakley quickly recanted her assertion after host Dan Rea challenged her on the statement in the Friday interview. A campaign spokesman told CNN that Coakley simply failed to deliver on the joke.

"Curt Schilling has been involved in a lot of strike outs over time," the spokesman said. "I guess Martha whiffed on that joke."

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soundoff (274 Responses)
  1. ex-Gov Corzine

    With these gaffes, maybe she's interviewing for VP Biden's job?

    January 16, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. S M R

    This guy would vote for someone like Brown who is a Corporate Shill that has one goal in mind: Eliminate the middle class. Please vote for Coakley, She has a voice for the Average American. Vote Brown and we go back to the failed Policies of the Bush Administration.

    January 16, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. REG in AZ

    Is this what it comes down to? I surely hope not! If we are not diligent and are once again swayed by the aggressive and deceptive appeals to our biases, prejudices and self-focused concerns, in the near future we are very likely to be here again, only then the circumstances will be even more dire as the costs of the new self-serving irresponsibility will then be added on top of the current drastic problems. To now repeat our blind acceptance of the deceptive rhetoric offered to rationalize as ‘conservative’ their bold total concentration on benefiting Special Interests and a select few while giving the majority only apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge can only result in more significant loss for the vast majority. Failing to be objective and responsibly rational in recognizing the control and manipulation executed over their ‘puppet’ representatives by the influential, powerful and wealthy few is simply to be self-flagellant. Should we allow ourselves to be influenced by their appeals to our self-interests regarding concern over the costs to straighten things out now and support them in further neglecting reform, we will have only ourselves to fault. We need our representatives to be honestly responsible to us and not just loyal to Special Interests and a select few who overtly and covertly strongly support and control them. We really need to be diligent in holding them responsible to do so and stubbornly firm in rejecting them when they seek to do otherwise. Otherwise don’t blame them.

    January 16, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Roger

    I am confident that the voters of Massachusetts are comling to their senses and realizing what an incompetent and fraud that Coakley is. She can't spell her own state, she stands by and offers no apologizes when an aide attacks Brown. she doesn't even know where the terroist exist let alone if she even has any idea what the terroist threat is to our country, and insulting Shilling further reveals her ignorance. Massachusetts, the home of great educational institutions and natives who contributed so much to our society, don't let this fraud Coakley deceive you. I am confident that you will not.

    January 16, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Jon, Rural Wisconsin

    Schilling should just shut his mouth and go away. He has always been a mouth and has thought people care about what he mutters.

    January 16, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Thanh

    Not from Mass., but I do know that they are hardcore Red Sox fans. Politics isn't just all about the issues, you know. It's about public opinion, and Coakley didn't do herself any favors by trying to make a joke like that. I'm sure if she and her staff was competent they would have foreseen the fallout of that statement if she didn't properly pull it off.

    Especially now, with conservatives and fiscal conservative independents galvanized to take the Senate seat and break the 60, Coakley and her team needed to be smarter.

    Hillary Clinton was better equipped for the presidency but she lacked likability. Furthermore, her husband helped sink that opinion lower. But, now that she's on team Obama, everyone likes her. She even has a greater approval rating that Obama himself.

    A shrewd politician needs to understand "us and them." It's very primal, but its something human beings follow every second of their lives.

    January 16, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. j

    Sounds like a silly useless squabble. Though it does look like Coakley is busy digging a grave for herself. Doesn't she want to win?

    January 16, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. RM

    Martha has run one of the dirtiest, filthiest, most negative ad campaigns in political history. Everything she says at this point is completely irrelevant.

    Even my 84-year-old mother and lifetime Democrat is voting for Scott Brown next Tuesday.

    January 16, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Loup Garou 782

    @ Phil;
    You sir are probably correct in your assertion that Coakley is not the best candidate, but, when the voters of Mass. elect her to fill the vacant seat of Ted Kennedy, it will be just one more proof that they don't care about the best and brightest, they care about keeping the seat Democrat.They bleed democrat hypocrisy.

    January 16, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Paul from Phoenix

    How dumb is this woman?

    January 16, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. will b

    you notice how Joe the Plumber and Curt Schilling look and sound exactly alike.

    January 16, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Shows how stupid some democrats are!

    January 16, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Nolan

    I really thought Coakley said it as a joke when I heard this. Don't know why people are taking this so seriously. Let's get back to the real issues, please!

    January 16, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. t22

    Wow, she managed to alienate even more potential voters with that comment. Sure, Schilling is a loud mouth, but he has delivered what is one of the top performances by a Red Sox player ever – winning Game 6 with the sutures from a hurry-up operation bleeding through his bandages and socks. Not to mention that he earned a measure of fame before that being the co-MVP in the WS beating the Yankees when he was with Arizona.

    Coakley looks increasingly desperate

    January 16, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Ellie

    With Ted Kennedy finally in the ground where he belongs, the people of MA have a chance to send a strong message to the WORST PRESIDENT EVER!! Go Red Sox and go BROWN!!

    January 16, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Mad Matt

    I trust any Democrat over a Republican to do what is best for the public. However, the way Coakley is campaigning she should change her name to Choakley and I hope the president does not get involved in campaigning for her. She will prove an embarrassment to him and it won't be his fault.

    January 16, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Ms S Callahan

    Coakley just made a BIG mistake...she has underestimated the Loyal Red Socks Fans and i suspect has just lost their voice....

    Being a NYer I am loyal Yankees...but I certainly understand Schllining's response...you've insulted him, his team and his fans....that's a big no no!

    January 16, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Beverly in NC

    Curt Schilling certainly has his priorities completely screwed up. He is more concerned with his ego than the welfare of the American People. Yes, he certainly sounds like a real Republican in that regard. Like most Republicans he is so wrapped up in himself he has NO clue what America needs or wants. It's ALL about HIM.

    Anyone who supports this phony Republican candidate trying to take Ted Kennedy's seat has lost their mind. This man is a TEA BAGGER. That should be enough to totally disqualify him alone. The last thing America needs is another lunatic racist clueless self-serving Republican in Congress. Republicans are anti-American and have betrayed America. To vote for a Republican is a vote AGAINST the recovery of our nation.

    VOTE for a real public servant – MARTHA COAKLEY!!

    January 16, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Diehard Sox Fan

    I'm a die-hard Sox fan. Believe me, calling Schilling a Yankees fan in no way offends Red Sox Nation. Schilling is a blowhard that never met a microphone that he didn't love.

    The fact is that the only people who will be offended by something as inconsequential as calling Schilling a Yankees fan are Republicans. And they want to be offended.

    I'm also curious how many of the people on here commenting actually live in Massachusetts. If you want to affect politics here, feel free to move here, pay your taxes and register to vote.

    January 16, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Wmscot

    OK Mass Democrats do what the Rebublicans did in 2004 in OHIO. Steal the election with the election machines ! If you let this Health Care killer in office 45 million people will know you buckeled under to the health and drug corporations and the minority of the nations voters !

    January 16, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Gerry NH

    This whole thing is ridicules this health care bill is a health insurance most people need health care reform not insurance. Health care will get worse and prices and taxes will go up. Congress does not want this plan for their familys or employees. Unions don't want it, mostly nobody that has a clue wants it.

    January 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. vivek

    curt shilling is a republican. he supported george w bush. i am not surprised he finds a reason to criticise a democrat. if curt was given an opportunity he would have gone to yankees like damon did. big deal man.

    January 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Yeah, it was joke. The childish behavior that has been revealed here is Brown's (or most likely his campaign advisors) thinking that it would be a good idea to have Schilling address this bad, unfunny joke in a serious way. Coakley ran a very tame campaign in the begining and she has spun out of control when Brown started gaining traction with his 'man of the people' schtick (and don't get me started on how ludicrous that is, its like Mike Barnacle portraying himself as blue collar). Look, people in Mass aren't stupid, sure they may shoot their mouths off and say stupid things, but when it comes down to it they will do what is right for the state of MASSACHUSETTS not the dems or republicans.

    January 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. If you want something ruined, put a democrat in charge

    Only a far leftist who saw the debate would vote for Coakley. She had her lunch handed to her at the hands fo Scott Brown. He's much smarter, much more informed and a better representative for the working class.

    Vote for Scott Brown!

    January 16, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Debbie

    So Coakley is a bad comedian...there are tons of those today. Palin, Conan, and Leno...

    Are sports in Mass. the determining factor? Will the Red Sox pay for and give health care to the people of Mass?

    I don't care if Coakley is a bad comedian, I want to know she is a good politician.

    A vote for Brown is a vote for Bush, a return to upholding policies set by Bush. And a vote for filliabuster. In other words: we the tax payer will pay Congress to argue for two years with nothing getting done.

    A vote for Coakley is a vote for Dems at 60% but...as we have seen all this year that doesn't mean Dems vote as a block like the GOP. Dems couldn't agree that the sky is blue if they had to.

    I would rather vote for Coakley figuring something getting done is better than grid-lock. A vote for Brown is a vote for Bush and I would rather vote for Satan than Bush.

    January 16, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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